ArmInfo. Official Baku in its repertoire has responded to a statement by the Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, in the UN General Assembly. According to APA, Hikmet Hajiyev, head of the foreign policy department of the presidential administration of Azerbaijan, expressing his attitude to Pashinyan's statement, assured that his speech was supposedly completely distorted.
"Firstly, Nagorno-Karabakh is the "historical land of Azerbaijan" and its integral part. On July 5, 1921, the Central Committee of the Communist Party decided to retain Nagorno-Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan. Despite the false claims of the Armenians, this expression did not use such an expression as" transfer of Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan, "namely," preservation, "said Hajiyev, for some reason having crossed out the next 70 years of history as part of the Soviet Union, and forgetting to mention that Artsakh resigned from the Azerbaijan SSR in accordance with the Constitution of the USSR.
Hajiyev continued that Armenia's claims to the unification of Armenia or the independence of Nagorno- Karabakh also contradict the principle of "Uti-possidetis" generally accepted in international law and, therefore, are unjustified in the framework of international law. The "Uti-possidetis" principle clearly defines that before independence, Azerbaijan declared its independence within the borders defined by Soviet laws. Secondly, the Prime Minister of Armenia, speaking from the UN rostrum, kept silent on the fact of serious violation by his country of obligations under the Charter UN I would like to recall that according to paragraph 4 of Article 2 of the UN Charter, "all states must refrain from using force or using force against the territorial integrity or sovereignty of another state." According to Chapter VII of the PA Statute "Activity associated with threats to peace, breach of the peace and acts of aggression", the occupation and military aggression are defined as serious international crimes', "said Hajiyev, again having got an old song about the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the alleged ethnic cleansing. "The fact of the military presence of the Armenian armed forces in the "occupied territories" of Azerbaijan clearly shows the true essence of the conflict. The Armenian leadership says that the solution to the conflict should be resolved on the basis of a formulation acceptable to Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan. Armenia and Azerbaijan are parties to the conflict. Azerbaijan has Azerbaijani and the Armenian community of the Nagorno-Karabakh region, "said Hajiyev.
To recall, Pashinyan in his speech from the UN rostrum, in particular, stated: "The peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is of crucial importance for the stability and the security of our region. Since my very first day in office I have been taking steps in this very context. With this end in view, I publicly stated that any solution of the NK conflict must be acceptable for the people of Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan.
It's noteworthy, that I was first Armenian leader to voice such position about the settlement of the conflict. I was heavily criticized in my country for such a formula of solution which places the three parties of conflict on an equal footing. Nevertheless, I strongly believe that this is the only way to the peaceful and lasting settlement of the conflict because it offers a possibility of comprise, mutual respect and balance.
I introduced this formula not only publicly, but also within the negotiations under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship. In order to move forward I expected similar statement from Azerbaijan. However, the highest authorities of Azerbaijan remain on their position which aims at a solution of the NK conflict acceptable only for the people of Azerbaijan.
What does it mean in reality? It means that the Azerbaijani authorities do not have any intention to solve this conflict, instead they want to defeat the people of Nagorno Karabakh, they don't want to seek any compromise. What they aim at is a revenge for the unsuccessful attempted aggressions against the people of Nagorno Karabakh in 1990s and in 2016. This is why they are inflaming anti-Armenian sentiments among their people. This is why they are spreading enormous resources on armament. This is why the anti- Armenian hate speech has become official policy in Azerbaijan.
In fact, the Azerbaijani authorities want to bring back the Soviet time status of Nagorno Karabakh. But it is a futile effort because the people of Soviet-era Nagorno Karabakh Autonomous Region declared their independence and exercise their self-determination as did Azerbaijan seceding from the Soviet Union. This position of Azerbaijan is tantamount of claiming restoration of Soviet Union. Azerbaijani government presents the NK conflict as a territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan. We totally disagree with such an interpretation of the conflict. It is not a dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan. This dispute is not about territorial claims. It is about people, about real men and women and their right to live in their homeland in the way that their ancestors lived over many centuries.
Unfortunately, the Azerbaijani authorities do not want to talk to these people and negotiate with them because they want to have that territories, but not the people. To be more precise, territories without the people."